Got turkey on the mind? Wild Turkeys represent one of the most successful conservation comeback stories in Massachusetts. Due to habitat loss and hunting, there were no Wild Turkeys in Massachusetts between 1851 and 1972. In 1972 the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife worked to reintroduce Wild Turkeys in Massachusetts. The 37 turkeys that were released in 1972 started the resurgence of the population that now numbers more than 20,000.
As you prepare your turkey for Thanksgiving, you’ll likely encounter Wild Turkeys in your backyard and neighborhood. While turkeys are big, they are usually not aggressive towards humans. Our own Wayne Petersen addresses what to do if you should encounter a fearless turkey:
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!